Is Your Worship Excessive?
And I don’t mean with your music. Music is part of it, yes. But when you aren’t in a refurbished airplane hanger or on a stage that looks like a mix between Star Trek, Medieval Times and the Apple Store, how are you worshiping?
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Worship is a lifestyle.
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So my question for you is NOT: “ARE you worshiping?” But rather it is: “WHO and WHAT are you worshiping?” See we are always worshiping something or someone. Some people worship themselves or their cravings. For others, they worship a friend or “best friend” or significant-other. Or others worship the feeling of connection and belonging, and their temple has become social media sites. For others, it is a celebrity or a sports team. See, the word “Worship” literally means “You are worthy.” Worship is simply any action or behavior that says “you are worthy of my prolonged attention, thought, or finances”. Too often we take these things that can all be good or safe things and exalt them to a place of significance in our lives that they begin to eclipse our view of God. And then we walk into a church service and stretch our necks to see past our idol or just pretend like it’s not there.
I know that sounds harsh. And I don’t say this in condemnation. I have found (and probably will in the future again find) myself guilty of this. But let’s encourage each other to keep our vision fixed on God. Our obsession. Our passion. Our free time. Our need for belonging. These are all only fulfilled in our Lord and Savior. Everything else is just an idol.